It’s not too late…
I am a 53 year old medical imaging professional with the opportunity to travel for the first time. I have always dreamed of living in the southern hemisphere but am concerned that I have left things too late. Friends have suggested that I am too old to qualify for a visa to work. Is that true?
I am a twenty three year old general radiographer and have been working for two years since graduation. I qualified in the UK at Leeds University. I hope to travel to Australia in the near future on a working holiday. What would you suggest?
There are numerous short term locum positions and longer term contract opportunities in Australia and being so young you have two choices! Since you are under 30, you can apply for a working holiday visa, which would be ideal if you don’t wish to come for more than 12 months and you are keen to travel and work, as required. If you wanted to come for longer and would prefer to have consistent employment and salary, you could consider a sponsorship visa, which would guarantee a position in a specific location for a minimum of 12 months. You are required to apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for registration. In some instances you may also need to be accredited with the Australian Institute of Radiography. It would be best to contact GHS to discuss your specific circumstances
There are a couple of options…
Having visited Australia and New Zealand on a working holiday visa five years ago, I’m really keen to return to Australia. I know that since I’ve already had a working holiday visa I can’t apply for another one and anyway, I’m over 30. Is there another way? I’m an experienced physiotherapist and don’t have any particular preferences regarding location although it would be nice to live near the coast.
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I’’m a South African speech therapist with more than 10 years experience and I would like to relocate to Australia, long term with my family. Is this possible? If so, I have two questions. How long are the contracts? If I’m successful, is it possible for my partner, who’s not in the health professions, to work under the terms of my visa?
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I am a British qualified podiatrist with two years experience. I would like to relocate permanently to Australia, what are my options?
Relocating to Australia
I’m a radiation therapist, currently working in the UK, who is absolutely skint and really wants to relocate to Australia. What kind of costs are involved with respect to your fee, visas, medical expenses etc. My decision to proceed will depend on this.
There is no fee involved should you wish GHS to assist you in securing employment. Visa costs are dependant upon category and where you lodge your application. If you wish to travel on a working holiday visa you must apply for this yourself in your country of origin and take care of the costs. For candidates who successfully secure minimum 12 month contracts on business sponsorship, the visa process is initiated here and the bulk of the cost paid by the client. There is, however, a nominal cost to have the visa incorporated in your passport prior to travel and expenses associated with the necessary medical examinations but these costs are not excessive. It is usually possible to negotiate reimbursed travel assistance and initial accommodation for sponsorship positions.
You will also be required to pay for an Australian registration application with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Each Australian state has different requirements in regards to a radiation licence and the annual fee varies. Contact GHS for more information.
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My mother is trying to talk me out of my plans to work in Australia. I’m a junior physiotherapist hoping to secure a sponsorship contract in a rural location and I have already arranged registration. My family is very concerned that I will be committed to a dodgy contract in the middle of nowhere that I can’t get out of. Can you indicate the implications of breaking a contract? If I do go ahead and am successful in gaining work is there any opportunity for career development? What is the minimum contract length and can I extend it?
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I am a Canadian qualified physiotherapist with two years post graduate experience and have numerous friends in Australia. I am interested in working in various destinations and would also like to work in New Zealand. My friends have told me there is considerable locum work in Australia. Is there any benefit in using your agency?
I qualified in Australia in radiography in 1980 and have been working in the UK for the last five years. I hope to return to Sydney to spend Christmas with my family. Are you able to assist me with locum work whilst I am home?
GHS can definitely assist you. Just complete our application pack and let us know the dates you’ll be available in your preferred location. We’ll then endeavour to match you with a position we have. GHS will maintain contact with you and keep you updated on progress. Once we secure a locum we will confirm details with you. We regularly assist candidates with short term positions to coincide with their holidays. Some positions offer accommodation if family life gets a little hard!
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We are both physiotherapists. I qualified at Trinity College, Ireland and my friend who I will be travelling with qualified at King’s College London, UK. We both have working holiday visas. Will we be able to work in the same location?
My long service leave is imminent and I have the opportunity to take six months on half pay from my position in Melbourne. I would like to use this time to travel around New Zealand and to do locum assignments where and when they are available. I am an experienced ultrasonographer who graduated years ago. I have current ASAR membership. Can you help?
You will need to have accreditation in the category or ultrasound with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (NZMRTB). The procedure varies depending on where you graduated. GHS will be happy to advise the best path for your circumstances. GHS has numerous assignments for sonographers in both metropolitan and country locations throughout New Zealand. They vary from as little as two weeks to as long as six months. It is usual to expect travel costs and accommodation to be covered.
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I’ve heard some real horror stories about people being sent to work all alone in a small town. Are there are good locations out there?
I am a British qualified occupational therapist with four years post grad experience. I am considering working in Australia for 12-18 months, what are my options?
Occupational Therapists who have qualified outside Australia or New Zealand are required to undertake a two stage assessment with Occupational Therapy Council (OTC) Australia. The Stage 1 – Desktop assessment comprises of your qualifications being assessed by the OTC and this process can take up to 12 weeks so ensure you have initiated this well before you wish to travel.
Upon successful completion of Stage 1 you will be required to undertake Stage 2, a six month supervised practice audit. Prior to beginning Stage 2 you will need to secure a position and then complete a supervision agreement located on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website www.ahpra.gov.au and forward this to the OTC for approval. An application for limited registration with AHPRA can be made at the same time. Once you have commenced a position with an employer willing to support you through the practice audit, you will need to forward a practice audit plan and learning goals to the OTC within two weeks of commencing the position.
For further information please contact us.
I am a 35 year old occupational therapist, working in Canada, and want to take six months unpaid leave from my current position to explore New Zealand. I know that I am not eligible for a working holiday visa. Is there any opportunity for me to work for some of that time?
Provided that you hold current registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ), GHS can assist you with a short term contract in New Zealand and assist you to change your tourist visa to a visa with work rights. This is a relatively straightforward process but please call us in advance to ensure that you travel with the appropriate documentation you will require for a work visa.
I am a radiographer on a working holiday in Australia, from Canada, and hold accreditation with the AIR. I want to take a trip to New Zealand to work for three months before returning home but I don’t have NZ work rights or registration. Is it possible to arrange these, and if so, is this a long process?
You may be eligible to obtain New Zealand registration under Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) agreement which is a fairly quick process. Please contact GHS to discuss. We often have short term positions available in New Zealand and are very familiar with visa requirements. If we arrange a position we can assist with the visa process which generally does not take more than ten days in this instance.
I am an experienced radiographer and would like to relocate permanently, from South Africa to New Zealand with my family. Can you help?
We place radiographers in positions throughout New Zealand in both public and private facilities and have many established clients. We can assist with questions you have regarding eligibility for New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (NZMRTB) which you must hold to work in New Zealand. Many of our clients will offer assistance with travel costs and initial accommodation upon arrival to make the transition process a little easier for you. There are several different visa categories open to prospective migrants which you should consider before embarking on the process.